Les Hamasaki 2016-10-03 05:32:19
SMART TRANSIT, SMART STREETS, AND AUTONOMOUS CARS SMT RAIL SKY ELECTROMAGNETIC SYSTEM The future of green mobility in Southern California will be wireless and multimodal, and include emerging technologies such as smart transit, driverless/autonomous cars, and intelligent roadway information systems (IRIS) that will transport people and stuff safely and efficiently. IRIS and allied technologies will use sensors and wireless communications to operate our driverless cars and trucks (and later public buses), charge electric vehicle batteries (even while driving), and deliver containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to warehouses located in the Inland Empire. We are transitioning from the Industrial Revolution powered with coal and oil to a Green Digital Revolution empowered by the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and renewable energy to create a sustainable global future. Today’s internal combustion engine transportation system powered with oil is a cause of major international conflicts, particularly in the volatile Middle East, and is the third largest contributor of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution, after buildings and industrial beef and agricultural production. The driving force behind this transition to a much more sustainable form of mobility is the fossil-fueled global threat of climate change and destructive impact on the global fresh water supply. According to NASA scientists, for every degree Celsius rise in temperature, the evaporation of water on earth increases seven fold, causing ever more powerful and horrific hurricanes and typhoons, long-term droughts, record localized precipitation events and flooding, and monster blizzards and thunderstorms. Super hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the Philippines super typhoons, and recent downpours in Louisiana, Texas, and the Carolinas and numerous locales overseas are just recent examples of the climate instability and challenges we must expect in the near future and, potentially, forever. We began the 20th century, the first American Century, on the right path when Thomas Edison and Henry Ford pioneered the electric car in the early 1900s. Then ignorance and greed showed their faces when John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Trust saw a big business opportunity in producing gasoline from oil for automobiles. In 1945, to intentionally accelerate our addiction to petroleum, the Los Angeles Pacific Electric Railway Company was sold to National City Lines, a business consortium of General Motors, Standard Oil, Firestone Tire and Rubber, Philips Petroleum, and the Mack Truck Manufacturing Company. Soon afterward, National City Lines began dismantling the 1,164 miles of rail track that linked more than 50 Southern California communities, and performed a similar destructive disservice to communities throughout the U.S. West and Midwest. The relatively clean-energy modes of public transportation of the first half of the 20th century were then replaced with buses that used diesel fossil fuel and rubber tires produced by members of the consortium. Los Angeles became known as "Smog City," notable for the worst air pollution in the nation. The long U.S. addiction to oil begun in the last century continued essentially unbroken until July 2008, when oil reached $147 a barrel – three months after which the global economy began its meltdown into The Great Recession. Cheap oil and the internal combustion engine propelled American prosperity as our country became the world's 20th-century economic superpower. The "super" today is the scale of the perfect economic storm America and the developed world find themselves in, a global financial disaster of which dirty, depleting, obsolete fossil fuel is the root cause. A global dissolution of the vast and complex economic network built on oil to transport ourselves and our goods and services unfolds before us, creating many massive shocks to our economy: *Global Islamic State terrorism, largely financed by oil; *China's and India's fast-growing middle classes consuming the world's oil reserves; *The once massive U.S. trade deficit from imported oil (accounting for over 40%, or $254 billion, in 2010) and the massive U.S. national debt of over $19 trillion, accelerating the demise of America’s middle class; *The half-billion U.S. gas-burning and air-polluting vehicles that choke our children and seniors with asthma, cancer, and heart attacks; and *The global food crisis of ever costlier petroleum-powered agriculture, resulting in the yearly starvation of tens of millions. These problems of oil and the internal combustion engine, while not a news flash -- we've been able to see them coming for decades -- are a wake-up call. We must develop a game plan for what can still be the Second American Century, and win our energy and climate independence from oil and coal by embracing the newly nearly-perfected electric vehicle - - along with a new systematically developed network of solar-photovoltaic EV charging stations throughout the United States and eventually throughout the cities, towns, and villages of the world. The future of mobility is the wireless “Internet of Things & Apps” that will eventually offer the flexibility of personalizing everyone’s transportation, whisking people and freight from every origin to every destination while moving seamlessly throughout the network without interfering with the existing transportation system. An innovative company, Smart Mass Transit Rail (SMT Rail), (www.smtrail. com) has developed an innovative and cost-effective solution to move people and cargo powered with solar energy. SMT Rail is an electromagnetic light rail system suspended on a network of support towers and powered with solar energy. Unlike most competing systems that are based on a low-speed high-noise infrastructure with a few large trains on fixed schedules, SMT Rail has developed a green energy, new mass transit paradigm based on automated high-speed green mobility. Thousands of small cars provide riders with flexible on-demand services based on their individual travel needs. According to J.P. Mobasher, president/ CEO of SMT Rail, “We have prioritized utilization of clean renewable energy, sustainable urban development, and integration of intelligent urban infrastructure. Our technology is designed specifically for [the] high-density cities of the future. SMT Rail’s automated data-driven mobility integrates sustainability across the entire public transportation system, protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for all residents.” The SMT Rail and the current and under-development ground rail transit systems -- both the California High- Speed Rail system and the Los Angeles light and heavy rail systems -- should be part of the emerging multimodal transit system that will reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions, improve road safety, and provide a pathway for a range of high-tech jobs in Southern California. All while providing an integrated regional high-tech green mobility model for emulation by many other metropolitan regions and countries around the world!
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